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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

4.7-Inch iPhone 8 To Feature Battery Capacity Comparable To Current 5.5-Inch iPhone 7 Plus

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Prominent KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back once again with yet more iPhone 8 predictions, this time professing that Apple’s next-generation smartphone will adopt a stacked logic board setup in order to maximize the battery life provided to users.
From an aesthetic design perspective, this shouldn’t really change much, but it will potentially result in the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 having comparable (or even more) battery life to Apple’s current 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus flagship. This – if true – will be a huge jump from what Apple has been providing us with thus far.
The KGI Securities analyst has a particularly impressive record of predicting Apple’s future plans, both in terms of updated product design and new product releases.
If the next-generation iPhone indeed comes packed with the said stacked logic board, it will result in a device featuring OLED display and a battery capacity comparable to that of 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus – all packed in a form factor which is similar in physical size to the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7. As for actual capacity of battery, Kuo predicts that the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 model will ship with an L-shaped two-cell battery boasting a 2,700mAh cell:
As battery material tech isn’t likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7” TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone. The battery life of the OLED iPhone could be better than that of the 5.5” TFT-LCD model as OLED panels are more energy-efficient than their TFT-LCD counterparts.
One of the things to take into consideration here is that an OLED display is actually a lot more power-efficient, and therefore battery friendly, compared to a device with an LCD display such as all the iPhone models to date. That in itself could mean that Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 8, with its new internal design and logic board, could provide a battery performance that goes well above and beyond what is currently being experienced with the larger iPhone 7 Plus model. That device currently has a 2,900mAh cell integrated into it, but it could be outperformed with the new technical DNA of the next-generation iPhone.
We’re sure that more will come into the public domain about this as time progresses, but for now, as things stand, all of the speculation points to an extremely impressive iPhone 8.
(Via: MacRumors)

Friday, 10 February 2017

HTC 11: TOP SPOT OR BIG FLOP?

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It’s no secret that HTC has had more than its far share of problems in recent months. There was a time when it was a major part of the smartosphere, but that era is now gone forever. Today, they are struggling to attract buyers for their devices. Will their new flagship, the HTC 11, be able to turn things around? It’s possible, but not very likely.

The HTC 11 will be a decent device…

Should we maintain a high price and hope to sell enough devices to reach our goals? Or should we lower prices and then rely on our ability to attract more buyers? When your finances are looking more than a little shakey, these are the sort of questions you'll be asking yourself. Additionally, a few of the rats have already fled the sinking ship: one of the company's Vice Presidents has moved to Google.
All these decisions are a gamble on the future, but the plain fact of life in the smartphone market is relatively straightforward: your device will not sell if it isn't at least on the same level as its competitors.
The most daring try to be original, such as what we have seen with LG when they released the G5. Unfortunately, this strategy doesn’t always pay off. Will HTC try to be original with the HTC 11? It’s not very likely as this could ultimately prove to be an expensive risk, which is something the company is not in a position to accommodate. It’s possible that HTC will change their design and perhaps opt for curved edges like Samsung who, according to the most recent rumors, could feature this technology on their two new flagship models.

The screen will obviously be QHD definition because HTC won’t want to let down the VR fans out there. It’s true that the VR market still isn’t fully developed, but if the manufacturer doesn’t show an interest now users could turn to another brand that is already working on this technology. As we’re talking about new features, it's timely that we also mention the artificial interface concept, which has become very trendy since Google introduced their Assistant. HTC has developed its own digital assistant, the Sense Companion, which is available on the HTC U Play and the HTC U Ultra, but we haven’t been able to look into it yet in any detail.
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Perhaps you think that a devices true strength lies in its performance. The main problem here is that, if the HTC 11 is released at MWC (and everyone is thinking it will be), it will not be using Snapdragon 835 as Samsung has exclusive rights to this processor. In other words, HTC would need to use a 821 processor (or come to an agreement with Huawei or Samsung?). Even if it is optimized in the best way possible, and even by cheating the benchmarks like other manufacturers have done, it will be difficult to achieve the performance of the Snapdragon 835.

The camera and the battery life will also need to be good quality, just like every other flagship device. In short, HTC will need to present a good smartphone that doesn’t stray too far from its already well-trodden path (it can’t afford to fail).

...but this isn’t enough for it to sell

If you regularly read websites that specialize in smartphones, you'll probably have already seen that each manufacturer has its own community of fans. How many of us don’t even bother to think when we are upgrading our smartphones and will automatically choose a device from our favorite brand? For others, the choice is more complicated as it’s not about the manufacturer, it’s about the interface: Stock Android (Nexus, Pixel, Moto, etc.), EMUI (Huawei, Honor), etc. Of course, there are also those people who are only interested in certain characteristics or are looking for a device that is good value for money.

The problem with HTC is that its community of fans isn’t the same as what it once was. Fortunately, some users have remained loyal and will buy this new device (and will probably be very happy with it) but they now represent a minority and the HTC brand image isn't in a position to make the future HTC 11 people’s number one choice for a smartphone.
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Of course, it has the Sense Companion and this in itself is an advantage. In theory, yes, but in practice this remains to be seen. The digital assistants look good on paper, but in practice they aren’t always that useful. Such a strategy makes sense for manufacturers like Google and Samsung, but not really for HTC as the costs for maintaining such a feature could end up costing them a fortune. This in itself is an interesting development because if HTC does follow through with this, the company could risk its future or at least needs to be certain it can finance the overall strategy - as well as the improvements and updates it will require. 
In any case, the software interface would struggle to prove itself and I doubt that it will be enough of a selling point for HTC, especially as requiring users to store all their private information to their smartphone and allow it to be exploited to “provide a service” could scare off those who are concerned about data protection.
The last and by far most obvious element is the price, which is usually placed very high. It’s normal to pay a high price for a top of the range device, I know that. That said, it brings us back to the same point: if people are going to spend a huge sum of money on a new smartphone, most users would prefer to opt for the most popular brand (as most people associate a high price with good quality). Even with a top of the range device in 2017 (and that’s still something we'll need more confirmation on), the company will not (or will no longer) have enough charisma to attract customers. The HTC 10 was a great phone but that wasn’t enough. It will probably be the same for the HTC 11.

What do you think HTC should do to reach the top sales spot with the HTC 11? Do you think its too late to save the HTC brand? Let us know in the comments below. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

iOS 9.3.x Jailbreak ‘Home Depot’ For 32-Bit iPhone And iPad Released

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A new iOS 9.3.x jailbreak called Home Depot for 32-bit iPhone and iPad devices has been released. Here are the details.
As you may already know by now, The iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak released by Pangu last year worked on 64-bit devices only similar to how the recent Mach_Portal+Yalu and yalu102 jailbreaks have been available for 64-bit iOS 10 devices only.
This left those still rocking older 32-bit devices out in cold as the last public jailbreak which was available for those devices was released around two years ago on iOS 8.x firmware.
The relatively new Home Depot jailbreak for iOS 9.3.x devices tries to change that by bringing support for 32-bit devices such as iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and others. It is important to note that like most recently-released jailbreaks, Home Depot appears to be strictly in beta as well, meaning you can expect issues with it during and after the jailbreak.
According to the official site of Home Depot jailbreak at wall.supplies, it supports iOS 9.2 to 9.3.4 firmwares on iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad 2, iPad mini 1, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPod touch 5. Full list of supported devices is as follows:
iPhone 4s: iOS 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4
iPhone 5 (GSM): iOS 9.3.3, 9.3.4
iPhone 5 (Global): iOS 9.1, 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4
iPhone 5c (GSM): iOS 9.2.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4
iPhone 5c (Global): iOS 9.3.2, 9.3.3
iPad 2 (WiFi, GSM, CDMA, Mid 2012): iOS 9.1, 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4
iPad mini (WiFi): iOS 9.2.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3
iPad 3 (WiFi): iOS 9.3.4
iPad 3 (GSM): iOS 9.3.1
iPad 3 (CDMA): iOS 9.3.2, 9.3.3
iPad 4: iOS 9.2.1
iPod touch 5 (Experimental): iOS 9.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the jailbreak supports iOS 9.3.5, which happens to be the latest signed firmware version for devices like the iPhone 4s. What this means is that if you don’t have your 32-bit device on iOS 9.3.4 or below. you unfortunately cannot use this jailbreak.
As for instructions, it uses Cydia Impactor method of sideloading the IPA file and then jailbreaking. You can use our iOS 10 jailbreak instructions here and simply use Home Depot jailbreak IPA file from here where needed.
Tried the jailbreak on your 32-bit device? Let us know if it has worked for you in the comments section below.

WHATSAPP: ULTIMATE TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ANDROID

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WhatsApp needs no real introduction. It's now the world's most popular instant messaging service, and we love it to pieces. As a show of appreciation for WhatsApp and the joy it brings into our lives, we've decided to compile a comprehensive list of WhatsApp tips and tricks to help AndroidPIT readers get the most out of the app. Here are our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about WhatsApp.

WhatsApp MessengerInstall on Google Play

Basic functions

How can I listen to WhatsApp messages discreetly?

Voice messages are played through the main speakers on your smartphone, and will usually allow all of your nearest and dearest to listen in as well. There is a deceptively simple solution for this issue: just hold the phone to your ear. The proximity sensor will think it is a standard phone call and will automatically switch speakers.

How do I cancel a WhatsApp voice message?

When you send a voice message via WhatsApp you need to hold the record button. As soon as you stop pressing the button the message will be sent. That said, you are still able to cancel these messages. Just slide your finger to the left of the input field and a small trash can will appear. This indicates that your message has been deleted.
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How do I mark a favorite WhatsApp message?

If you are a heavy WhatsApp user you'll be writing and receiving a lot of messages. For one reason or another, you may want to have some of these messages more readily available than others. Go to the conversation and press down on the message you want to bookmark, all you need to do then is press on the star in the new menu at the top.
To access your favorite messages, go to the main window and click on the three vertical dots. Then enter the "Important Messages" tab and you will find your favorites there. 
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How do I find individual contacts or messages in WhatsApp?

Do you need to find the details for one of your contacts but need to scroll through everyone else to find them? No problem! Just click on the magnifying glass and type the name of the person you are looking for. 
Searching is not limited to finding your contacts. If you have had a long conversation with a contact and you want to find a specific message, you can easily access it. Go to the conversation and click on the three vertical dots in the top menu, click on search and then just enter your key search words. 
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How do I send a file to a contact on WhatsApp?

Just follow the same procedure as above to find your contact, except this time you will need to press on the paperclip and choose "Document." You can then access your memory, select the file you want and then send. 

How do I send my location or a contact number via WhatsApp?

In some circumstances you may need to send your exact location or send the phone number of another contact. All you need to do is go to the chat window for your contact, and then click on the top right paperclip.In the menu select "Location" (obviously) and you will be given multiple options. Select the option which best fits where your current location is, and it will be sent to your contact. 
To send a contact, simply select "Contact" on the same menu, pick one from the contacts list and confirm with the arrow. 
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How can I be sure I have the latest version of WhatsApp?

As a general rule, the Play Store will notify you when your apps can be updated. Of course, you are able to check whether a new version is available by visiting the Play Store, click on "my apps" and you will be able to see if any updates are available. If you want to wait for the update to become available in the Play Store, you can always go to the APK file and install it manually. 
If you'd like to see what's new in WhatsApp, we recommend you wait for WhatsApp beta to become available. 

How do I install the latest WhatsApp APK?

First, head to Settings > Security > Unknown sources and ensure the box is checked.
The, on your smartphone browser either head to the WhatsApp website or APK Mirror and download the latest APK (APK Mirror is usually ahead of the WhatsApp website). Once the file's downloaded, open it to install the latest WhatsApp APK.

How can I participate in WhatsApp beta?

Like many apps, Facebook / WhatsApp offers its users the opportunity to test new features in a pre-release version. Once you're all signed up you can install the beta version of WhatsApp from the Play Store. 
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How can I send messages with Google Now via WhatsApp?

If for whatever reason are unable to use your hands, you should know that you can go through Google Now to send messages via WhatsApp and it can be done entirely by speech interface?
Simply start it manually or say "Okay Google" (if you have it voice enabled), and then say "Send to #message #contact on WhatsApp." For example, "send Cuckoo Carole on WhatsApp." The application will then ask you to confirm, so you can either press the arrow or confirm vocally.

How do I make an audio or video call using WhatsApp?

Nothing could be easier! On the conversation window you will find in the top right the symbol of a phone next to the paperclip. Press it, and the application will ask if you want to make an audio or video call. Just select your preferred function and the call will start. 
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How do I change my WhatsApp status?

Simply click on the three vertical dots in the upper right. On the menu, click "Status." All you need to do is press on the pen at the end of your current status and you edit it to your liking. Alternatively, you can also select the default statuses that are already available. 
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Photos and videos

How do I delete photos and videos sent via WhatsApp?

WhatsApp can be annoying sometimes because every time you send a picture or a video it is saved to your phone. For instance, if you took a photo in town today and then sent it to a friend, that photo will be stuck not only in your photo file but also in your WhatsApp conversation. 
You can delete these manually. Just go to the WhatsApp folder in your phone's internal memory to the media file and select what you want to delete, and then go to the "Sent" folder and select the items you want to delete. 

How can I disable automatic loading of multimedia files on WhatsApp?

When you receive a lot of images via WhatsApp you do not always want them to be downloaded by default. This isn't only because they are not that interesting, downloading them consumes a lot of data. Fear not, you can disable the annoying automatic download. Instead, you will then need to validate the download manually.
Go to the settings and then enter "Data Usage". You can then choose which items can be downloaded automatically with mobile data, WiFi or roaming. Simply click on the configuration that you want, for example "using mobile data", and then select your preferred options - you can ignore the ones you don't want.
If nothing needs to be downloaded automatically, simply turn off all of the available options.
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Blocking and muting

How do I block someone on WhatsApp?

It's actually very simple. Open the conversation with the contact, press the "Menu" key and select "Block." If you decide its time to start talking again, you can find your list of blocked contacts in Settings > My Account > Privacy
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How do I block and report spam on WhatsApp?

Since WhatsApp version 2.1.23 was introduced it has been possible to block and report users if you receive messages you don't like or they are spamming you. You'll be offered this option every time, unless the contact is already in your address book. 

How do I stop someone from calling or messaging me on WhatsApp?

If you do not want to receive calls from certain contacts, you can simply block them. To do this, go to the WhatsApp Settings, select "My Account" adn then "Privacy". You will find "Blocked", and the procedure for blocking contacts will be outlined in there. In the new window click on the small icon at the top right and choose the contacts to block.
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How do I know if someone has blocked me on WhatsApp?

There are four ways to suss whether someone has blocked you on WhatsApp. Each sign is largely meaningless by itself, but together they form a solid reason to believe that your friend doesn't want to be your friend.
Take note that WhatsApp has deliberately made it difficult to tell whether someone has blocked you or not, in order to maintain users' privacy. There's always an outlying chance that you're just being paranoid, even when all four of the below points apply.
Check the 'last seen' time
A contact's 'last seen' time appears in the top bar right under their name. If there's no information about when they were last online, this could be a bad sign. It doesn't necessarily mean that they've blocked you – it is possible to stop this information appearing without blocking someone. Your friend might just value their privacy, so don't go burning bridges just yet. Read on.
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Check the double check
Check marks are WhatsApp's way of compounding your obsessive streak by ensuring that you know what's going on on the other end of the line.
The first check mark means that your message has been sent. When the second one appears, your message has been received by the recipient's phone. This doesn’t mean that the person has read your message, just that it is on their phone; when those check marks turn blue, that's when they have seen the message. If you see the check marks turn blue, they haven't blocked you, and everything is fine. Take a deep breath.
If your messages never get beyond that single, sad gray tick, you might have been blocked.
There's a vague chance they still love you, though, surely? Time to keep digging.
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Do your calls go through?
Another indicator that your friend hates you is that all those desperate WhatsApp calls you make never go through.
Again, maybe their phone is broken, maybe they've changed their number, etc, etc, but if this one is true and the two signs above it are, too – well, thing's aren't looking good, are they?
Has their picture or profile changed?
If you notice that a contact hasn’t updated or changed their profile in a while, or they've had the same picture for months, this could mean that they’ve blocked you. Or that they just never update their profile. Maybe everything is fine.
Let's go a step further and check from a different account, meaning from a mutual friend’s smartphone. If you see here that your estranged friend's profile information and picture have changed, then we're sorry to break it you, but your friend has blocked you and, given how strangely you've been acting, with good reason.

How do I mute those annoying WhatsApp group chats?

We've all been here. You've somehow been dragged into a group chat that you either didn't really want to be in in the first place or just don't want to receive notifications from every couple of minutes. Rather than just leave the chat, which may offend some people, you can simply mute the chat so you stop receiving notifications from it. 
In WhatsApp, select the "Chats" tab and then tap on the group you want to mute. With the group open, tap the Options icon at the top right. Tap Mute, then select the amount of time you want to mute the group for. You can also untick the Show notifications box so that you never hear from the group again until you decide otherwise.
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Privacy and security

How do I lock WhatsApp?

Some conversations are not for further circulation. WhatsApp helps you along here by allowing you to use a PIN to access the app, so all you will need to do is remember your numbers. Some smartphone manufacturers will offer this feature by default, a good example here is the App Locker on OnePlus models, but if it isn't already in your device you can easily download an app that will do this for you. 
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How do I hide my "Last Seen", profile picture or current status on WhatsApp?

For one reason or another you may want to hide this information from your contacts. Go to the settings tab "My Account", "Privacy", and you can adjust everything from the next screen. With "Last seen" you can specify who can see your date of last access, with "Profile photo," this is obviously your picture with "Status" you can set who can see your personalized message.
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How do I enable the two step verification system on WhatsApp?

This is a great feature as it gives your WhatsApp an added layer of security. Go to settings, My Account > Verification in two stages . You can then choose to receive a verification email when you need to login to WhatsApp, such as when you're using another device.
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How do I delete my WhatsApp account?

For anyone wanting to leave WhatsApp, it is possible to delete your account. If you do decide on this option you should know that all of your contacts, message history and other settings will be deleted completely, and you will not be able to restore this data if you end up changing your mind. 
If you are accepting of all of this and really, really want to delete WhatsApp, go to "Settings" and then enter the "My Account" tab. You will then find the "Delete my account" option. Confirm your selection by pressing the "Delete my account" tab.
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What do I do if my smartphone is stolen?

Firstly, don't panic. If your device has been stolen your best option is to remove the number from your network, or at least to block the SIM card. If for whatever reason you aren't able to do any of this - again don't panic, you can deactivate your account via email. That said, this option is not effective if the thief can connect to your WhatsApp account. 
Just send an email clearly outlining your situation and a specific request to deactivate your WhatsApp account. Once you send the message, you'll have 30 days notice prior to deactivation. In other words, if you reconnect within 30 days after sending the email, the procedure will be canceled.

Here's the information your email needs to include:
  • The subject of the email should be "Lost / Stolen: Deactivate my account"
  • In the body of the email, type "Please deactivate my account. # 33 your-number"
After following these steps, please send email to support@whatsapp.com. If necessary, WhatsApp will contact you for more information concerning your request.

Notifications

How do I get floating notifications on WhatsApp?

You can get floating notifications, or Chat Heads, by using the WhatsBubbles app. Here you will get floating notifications that are similar to those you find on Facebook Messenger. Another application you could consider using is SeeBye Chat Heads, which will also give you floating notifications but you will need root rights to use this app. 
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How do I completely disable WhatsApp notifications?

Do you have that many contacts that you are receiving a notification every 30 seconds? The simple solution would be to just turn them off. To do this, all you need to do is go to "Settings" and you will find this option either in the notification options or in the application options itself. You can then disable your notifications.

How to turn off the sound on notifications WhatsApp

Getting a little tired of hearing an alert every 10 seconds? Just turn them off! Enter the "Settings" and then in the notifications menu, you can choose whether or not a noise will announce the arrival of any new messages. An alternate method is to simply press and hold on a conversation from the main window, then click the crossed-out speaker at the top right.
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How do I respond to WhatsApp messages from pop-ups?

If notifications are not enough, you can configure WhatsApp to open a window in the middle of your screen when you receive a message. You can then quickly respond directly from this window without having to open the entire application.
To enable these pop-ups, enter the "Settings", go to "Notifications" and then select "Popup notification".
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Do you use WhatsApp as your main messaging app? What's your best tip or trick for using WhatsApp? Let us know in the comments below!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

5 TIMES YOUR PHONE IS RIGHT AND YOU ARE WRONG

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You're a smart human and your phone is just a dumb piece of glass, metal and micro electronics run by equally dumb software, right? But sometimes, just sometimes, your phone and apps do know better than you. 

No calling zone

Remember the last time you went out with friends, got a little bit more drunk than you planned and ended up sending embarrassing texts to that guy/girl you like? Yeah. Not cool. Even worse if what you actually did was insult that annoying work colleague. 
Of course, if you'd been using an app like Drunk Text Blocker, that wouldn't have happened. So next time, before you go out, just lock the apps you don't want access to - whether that's incoming calls, outgoing messaging or social apps, and you won't make the same mistake again. 
If you don't want to quite commit to having no access to your selected apps when using Drunk Text Blocker, it lets you set a password to enter. Once you've typed that in, you can drunk tweet to your heart's content. If you don't enter a password, you have no option but to wait for the time period you selected. 
It's also got some handy designated driver features too.
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Why so sleepy?

There's a good chance that the reason you feel so sluggish in the morning is because you're not getting enough sleep, or at least, you might be waking at the wrong time mid-way through a sleep cycle. 
And while there are a lot of activity trackers with robust sleep modes, those require hardware. Sleep as Android, however, offers the best of both worlds - sleep tracking via a phone or wearable devices, and far more detailed, accurate and actionable sleep data than others. 
The free version of the app is essentially a two-week trial that allows you to test everything out before deciding whether it's worth paying for the premium version. If you do want to make that leap, it'll cost $3.99.
So next time you get a reminder on your phone or smartwatch that you're supposed to be going to bed, you should probably just go ahead and pay attention. It knows better on this one. 
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Take yo pills, fool

OK, the fool bit was unnecessary, but taking pills that've been prescribed whether long or short term is usually a non-optional process if you want manage any condition successfully. 
Remembering to take your various tablets, and whether you have already, however, isn't always that easy. It's particularly difficult if you need to remember to take pills that leave you feeling disoriented. 
Apps like Medisafe Meds and Pills Reminder will give you a wide-ranging set of features to manage virtually any condition. If, however, you'd rather stay away from apps that offer in-app purchases and just want a simpler version, the MyTherapy app is free and well worth a look.
There are lots of different generic and branded medications to select from, and if yours isn't listed, you can just add it in easily enough. You can also use it to set reminders for things like taking measurements and a few other bits too. 
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Plant a seed

We can't all be genius financial investors, but micro investing apps like Acorns or Moneybox (depending on where you live) can help you squirrel away a little extra cash without even knowing it.
How each of them work and what the charge is for providing the investment services can vary a little, but the basic premise is the same: they round up your purchases by tapping into your bank account, and use those extra few cents to put towards investing in an automated portfolio of stocks.
If you're happy giving access to your accounts to these companies, it's a relatively risk free (note: not risk free) way to dabble in the waters of investing. Do watch out for the fees though - you'll need to end up investing fairly consistently across a year to make the interest you gain worthwhile (2% fees on savings of $500 isn't going to net you any profit). Some people might still find it a viable way to put money aside though.
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Do I need an umbrella?

Maybe you live somewhere that has the sort of temperate climate that doesn't leave you wondering why you need to dress for spring, summer and winter in one day, but I do not. And while looking out of the window is a fairly good indicator of the weather now, it's entirely useless for in, say, 10 minutes when I'm waiting for a bus.
With so many weather apps and widgets available on Android, you can pretty much take your pick of the features you really want - but if it's granular, minute-by-minute weather predictions, Dark Sky is a long-standing favorite of many people. 
Where Dark Sky gives with one hand, it also takes away with the other: there's a two-week trial to see if you like it, but after that it'll cost you $2.99 each year. Yep, that's right, an annual fee for your weather app. If that doesn't put you off and you really need to know it's going to start raining in 17 minutes exactly, then check it out. It's still less than the price of a coffee. 
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When else is your phone right and you're wrong? Do you think smartphones can sometimes be smarter than us? Share your thoughts in the comments below!